Exceptional £25,200 sale for Peter Lanyon painting at Bonhams
Exceptional 25,200 sale for Peter Lanyon painting at Bonhams
Sold for way above its pre-sale estimate of 2,000-3,000, this pen and ink work certainly made its mark
An exceptional price of 25,200 was achieved for a print by the St Ives artist Peter Lanyon at Bonhams' Modern Prints sale (25 May).
The untitled work dates from 1949 and had been expected to make between 2,000-3,000. This unique piece shows Lanyon at his most experimental using pen, ink and gouache over a traced slate monotype printed in dark blue.
The print's dominant image of a horse links it to the artist's 1946 painting "Yellow Runner" and the large lino-cuts "The Returned Seaman" of 1946 (now in Tate Britain) and "Red Horse, Red Boat" of 1951.
Bonhams print specialist Tabitha Philpott-Kent said: "This was an exceptional price for an exceptional piece.It's a very strong image featuring Lanyon's trademark horses and boats."
Other highlights included 9,000 for a folio of screen prints by Patrick Heron (3,000-5,000) and 5,520 for a Ben Nicholson Abstract Composition (1,500-2,000).
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